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GPs given go ahead to buy care for patients

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 07 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:819
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    General practitioners (GPs) in England have been given the go ahead to commission health services for their patients from April next year in a bid by the Department of Health to provide patients with better care.

    Announcing the scheme this week, health minister John Hutton said that practice based commissioning was part of the package of measures aimed at empowering GPs to improve the quality of patient care outlined in the NHS Improvement Plan published in June.

    Mr Hutton insisted that the scheme differed from GP fundholding, which Labour abolished in 1998. He said that it built on the best aspects of the former scheme while …

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